Trailblazer Unique Resume Template


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A Standout, Unique Resume Template that will Capture Attention & Get You Hired Faster

A premium, custom-designed unique resume template with an eye-catching appearance. Video tutorials included to show you how to  customize it further, including a change of the color scheme, to make it even more uniquely yours. Created for MS Word and has an ATS-friendly format.

  • Premium templates designed by an award-winning, nationally recognized resume expert.
  • Results-proven, recruiter-approved, and created for real-world use.
  • Leave the generic-looking templates to others. Quickly create a resume as unique as you are. Nobody will ever guess you used a template!
  • Fast and easy to use. Flexible and simple to customize. Multiple color options. Video tutorials and pro tips & writing prompts included.
  • Yes, unlike most templates, Distinctive Resume Templates follow all modern best practice "rules" and are ATS-friendly! (This is SO important!)


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Trailblazer Coordinating Documents

The Trailblazer biography and resume cover letter templates are designed to coordinate with our Trailblazer resume template. The entire collection is flexible and adaptable for use by almost any experienced professional. Microsoft Word is REQUIRED.



Unique Resume Template with a Bold & Eye-Catching Appearance

You are unique and your resume should be too! Most resume templates have a generic, cookie-cutter look to them. But Distinctive Resume Templates, designed by a 25+ year, award-winning resume expert are different! Each is unique and easily customized to make it even more unique.

The Trailblazer Resume Template is a unique resume template for MS Word with an eye-catching appearance that can be easily customized to be as bold as you want with a simple color change. While we’ve used a gold color, almost any color looks good with black. Try an understated, sophisticated blue or a bright red. The format is appropriate for almost any professional or executive.

The curved Key Strengths graphic won’t be picked up by an ATS, so make sure you repeat any keywords elsewhere in the document.

The Trailblazer Resume Template will also help you with your keyword optimization if you follow the recommendations in the ATS-compliant resume template which includes lots of space for keywords to be included. The text to the right of the graphic is just that: text. This will be “read” into an ATS

We’ve used a variety of strategies in this unique resume template to draw the eye to accomplishments and results. An example is the shaded boxes under each employment experience section of this resume template. This gives you a place to showcase and draw the readers’ eyes to the most significant big-picture ways that you produced results and delivered value to your employers.

It is always best to be succinct in a resume and this unique resume template encourages this with one-line bulleted results. This resume will look best if you put some effort into carefully editing each accomplishment so that you can convey the most important parts in just one line each. However, if you need more room, this unique resume template can be easily expanded.

Adaptable for a variety of circumstances, this resume template will help give a diversity of executives and professionals an instant competitive edge.

Like all our resume templates for Word, everything, including the color scheme, is easily customizable. The Trailblazer resume takes on a whole new “look and feel” when you change the colors.

Available separately, the Trailblazer executive biography template and letterhead template are designed to coordinate with our Trailblazer Resume template. See all templates in the collection:

As with all our template collections, MS Word is required.

If you are still wondering whether you should use a template for your resume, take a look at the dramatic difference a template makes on this real-life advertising agency resume example created with this template.

Frequently Asked Questions

We can cover anything you need help with in relation to professional resume writing, from A to Z. My only agenda is to meet your needs and make sure that when our meeting comes to a close, you feel you have received the greatest value possible from our time together. Many colleagues want my help and guidance on challenging projects, and I provide advice in regard to the content, design, and strategy of the resumes they are working on. Others want help preparing for client consultations or handling particularly challenging clients. Professional development with the goal of achieving professional resume writing certification is another common topic.

When you are ready to book, you will be provided with my calendar, and you will be able to select a time and day that best meets your schedule. I do my best to make myself available on a variety of days and times, including occasional weekends and some nights and early mornings, in addition to regular office hours. The booking process is all online and fully automated, to make things as easy for you as possible.

Yes, please do! Our booking form includes space to describe how you want to use your session. If you have a specific resume or other documents you want me to review with you, please email them to me as far before the appointment as possible. That will give me some time to look at them ahead of time, so I can use our scheduled time together to provide my recommendations rather than read the documents while you wait.

Each consultation is scheduled for 60 minutes. Zoom is used so that I can share my computer screen with you during the consultation. This allows me to actually demonstrate recommended resume changes to you rather than just describe them. If you request it, I will record the consultation session and make it available to you for download, so that you may rewatch it later at your convenience.

No, not in the traditional sense. If we are working on a particular document and I see an error, I will certainly point it out to you. And, when I am recommending changes, I may actually make some of them for you on the document, as a way to demonstrate. But I will not proofread or edit your work in a thorough way. If you need help with those services, I will be happy to provide referrals.

All Distinctive Resume Templates designed by Michelle Dumas, a Nationally Certified Resume Writer and multi-time TORI Nominee & Award Winner

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Appearances matter, even with the written word, and how a document looks can make an immediate impact on the decision to read it or toss it aside. I train and mentor many excellent resume writers who have mastered the art of crafting highly effective resume content, but who lack the basic MS Word skills to create eye-catching, ATS compatible and uniquely branded documents. Distinctive Templates are the perfect solution for easily transforming well-written content into works of art that capture attention, generate interest, and motivate the recipient to read every word.

Norine Dagliano, NCRW, NCOPE, CPRW, CFRW/CC
Phil Hurd

While I primarily write resumes from scratch for each of my clients, I have also used Michelle’s templates and received great feedback. I find the templates are especially helpful to organize my thinking for those clients who have an overabundance of important information that still must fit in an ATS-friendly, 2-page format without looking cluttered or disorganized.


When I was starting out with resume writing a little over a year ago, one of the most intimidating aspects was visual design of resumes. I didn’t want to have to learn graphic design to stand out—and with these templates, I didn’t need to! I was a little hesitant at first because I thought the templates might be too rigid or generic. In actuality, they are incredibly flexible and easy to play around with. I can customize any template with my client’s favorite colors in just two clicks—which means they never look exactly the same, even if I use them for multiple clients. Using the templates means I can just do what I do best—write—and then plug the text right into the appropriate section. It saves me literal HOURS of work and hassle. One of the best parts about purchasing from Michelle is that she is extremely responsive to questions. There’s a private Facebook group where she records screen share tutorials about how to switch up certain elements in the templates, and she’s always been responsive to my emailed questions. My clients are completely thrilled with the unique, modern design of their resume, and I’m thrilled that I’m saving time and don’t have to learn graphic design!

Bob Janitz

I love Michelle’s resume templates! The designs are eye-catching and easy to use. I highly recommend these templates for anyone who finds that designing a creative, contemporary formatted resume is a challenge. They’re a huge time-saver.

Bob Janitz, NCRW,
amber f

I used the “Pivot” template to create a combination functional/chronological resume for my first big client. Her words when she saw the finished product: “THIS IS AMAZING!” I’m a writer, not a designer. My resumes aren’t unprofessional, but they needed a “wow” factor – and now they have it. Thank you, Michelle, for offering such affordably priced tools!

Amber Fernandez, Freelance Writer



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